David M. Bowman, M.D.

Dr. Bowman specializes in ophthalmology. He is board certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Bowman is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar. He received his M.D. from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia, where he served as chief resident, and he is board-certified in ophthalmology.


Dr. Bowman is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology, The Richmond Academy of Medicine, and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, among others. In addition, Dr. Bowman has served as a managing partner of Richmond Eye Associates.


Dr. Bowman's mission is to provide his patients with professional, state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for the eyes. He specializes in small incision cataract extraction with lens implant, glaucoma, laser surgery, macular degeneration, and the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic diseases of the eye. Dr. Bowman and his partners perform routine comprehensive examinations, as well as those for the management of ocular disease. Whether performing routine eye examinations for glasses or contact lenses, or complex new procedures for the treatment of disease, Dr. Bowman strives to maximize and preserve the patient’s vision.

Personal Profile

Dr. Bowman lives in Richmond with his wife and children. In his spare time, he enjoys photography and golf. He has a particular interest in exploring innovative photographic techniques, including kite and other remote vehicle aerial photography and time-lapse imagery. He is also an amateur graphic designer, with experience in numerous computer-assisted artistic endeavors. Dr. Bowman is active in University of Virginia alumni activities, and is a former board member of the University of Virginia Richmond Club.


2019 MEDARVA Patient Choice Award

2019 Patient Choice Award


The following procedures are performed by this doctor.

Cataract surgery

Your eye works like a camera, with a transparent lens located behind your iris (the colored part of the eye) to help focus light onto your retina. With age or trauma, the lens can change, becoming less transparent. When the cornea is abnormal, misshaped, damaged or no longer clear, transplanting a donor cornea is a well-known and time-tested treatment.

Dry eye/tear solutions

Tears lubricate and protect your eyes and help maintain clear vision. When too few or poor quality tears are produced, dry eye occurs, causing a gritty, uncomfortable feeling, with blurriness and a feeling of something lodged in the eye.


Iridotomy is the formation of a small hole in the iris (the colored portion of your eye) to allow excess fluid to drain behind the iris, where it can be more easily absorbed.

Removal of cyst/pimple on or in eyelid

Cysts, pimples, or sties are caused by bacteria that get into the oil glands in the eyelids.

Removal of growth on conjunctiva

These growths are thought to be caused by UV light exposure, such as sunlight. The growth typically occurs from the nasal side of the sclera, or the white part of your eye.